HellcatCopley: I can understand why employees haven't started unions -- or, say, resuscitated the guild -- at the U-T. Employees are scared to death at the U-T. They just want to hold on to their jobs. There aren't other jobs out there. Best, Don Bauder
Burwell: Convincing statements. It's up to DMoye to try to refute you. Best, Don Bauder
I stand by my original comment that most of the content on Huffington is provided free by unpaid writers. As an example, former SDPD officer Norm Stamper is a prolific contributor to Huffington. Stamper collects two police pensions totaling at least $150,000 per year. I don't know whether Stamper is paid for his contributions, but if he is paid, it's peanuts and not worth his time to earn it. Stamper is certainly not living off any Huffington stipend. On the other hand, Stamper is taking work from professional writers who lack police pensions and have to support themselves solely with their writing. It is well known that Huffington gets most of its content for free and lawsuits have been filed over the issue. Huffington admits that most of its enterprise value, perhaps in excess of $1 billion, is attributable to the fact it obtains high quality content from contributors for free.
aardvark: I doubt if the U-T is profitable and doubt that it ever has been under Manchester/Lynch. There are so many accounting tricks these days that almost any company can be made to look profitable. It's a privately held company that does not report its finances.
Contrarily, extremely profitable sports teams, when begging taxpayers for a subsidy, can use tricks so they can claim they are unprofitable. Best, Don Bauder
Psycholizard: I don't know how seriously people take the U-T. They certainly didn't take it seriously in the last election. Look at all the U-T's Puritanical piety. Suppose........oh, never mind. Best, Don Bauder
Pat: I agree completely. If you read the letters to the editor in today's U-T, you will be heartened by the number of San Diegans sticking up for due process. You will also be surprised that the U-T printed letters in a balanced fashion. Best, Don Bauder
monoghan: I have no idea how old Randy Dotinga is. I don't know him. Best, Don Bauder
if Filner steps down the citizens will be taken for billions so id say whatever the cost to defend Filner is WELL worth it and way cheaper than him resigning.
Randy: You spit it out. You have a bullhorn. If you don't know what I am talking about, then you do not deserve to have that bullhorn. Best, Don Bauder
pearljammed: CREATE that sex scandal? Best, Don Bauder
monaghan: The Tribune won a couple of Pulitzers and the Union-Tribune won one. I was unpopular over many years for stating internally and loudly that the pursuit of journalism prizes was an enemy of doing one's job. In the 30 years I was at the U-T, staffers obsessed over Press Club, Copley Ring of Truth, Pulitzer and other prizes. They should have been obsessed over figuring ways to gain market share for the newspaper. Winning prizes is just a distraction from doing one's job as a journalist. Best, Don Bauder
Anon92107. Manchester locally and Congressional Republicans nationally want to thwart the will of the majority by any means, fair or foul. Best, Don Bauder
No one talks very much about the UT losing market penetration as well as circulation. According to census records, San Diego County’s population grew 10 percent from 2000 to 2010 (from 2,813,833 to 3,095,313). Even if circulation had remained constant instead of declining, more people entered the county and ignored the local paper – that’s horrible news for advertisers.
That was the intended joke.
Matt Potter 7:30 a.m., March 12
Don Bauder 7 a.m., March 12
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Scott Ellis 3 a.m., March 12
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